Recommended Beginner Film for the Canon EOS 630

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: March 5, 2020
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35mm Film To Use

The best film to use in your Canon EOS 630 will have to be based on your lens, available light, and type of film you want to shoot.

Using an ISO 400 35mm or higher speed will help you skip needing to haul around a tripod or flash.

If you have a need to take photographs in low light, such as inside, make sure that you are using a fast lens.

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - A great selection for a variety of lighting conditions. Using this film you should have the ability to handhold the EOS 630 in almost all situations.

The pictures will have extremely good colors and is on the warm side.

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - Another option that could have greater availability depending on what country you are in.

Fuji photographs tend to have cooler tones with stronger greens and blues compared to Kodak.

Lomography 800 - If you want an ISO 800 color film, there aren't very many offerings. For 35mm film focused on consumers, Lomography 800 is the single available option.

Furthermore, if you own a medium format camera, it's also sold in 120 film format.

Kodak Gold 200 - A staple film stock that debuted in the mid-1980s. It has the look and feel of family snapshots from the 80s and 90s. For the classic shooting experience take advantage of an on-camera flash.

To bring the ideal look out of the film, you'll have to over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops. This will help you achieve the great colors everyone loves Kodak Gold for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

Kodak Portra 400 - Among the film shooting enthusiasts online, Portra 400 is easily the most frequently used color 35mm film. Overexpose the film by 1 or 2-stops to get the appearance the film is highly regarded for.

Kodak Portra is also offered in ISO 800 and 160 emulsions. 8x10 sheets, 4x5 sheets, and rolls of 120 are also available to purchase.

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H - The Fujifilm film that is most similar to Kodak Portra 400, but with "Fuji colors." Expect more vibrant greens and blues.

Sheets of 8x10 or 4x5 film are not available, but 120 film is.

Black and White Film

Consumer

With low costs and good quite popular to be used in the Canon EOS 630.

The main attraction for photography students and budget-minded photographers is the very low cost. Even if you don't put yourself in those groups, it is good to have low-priced rolls of film on hand for testing recently acquired used gear.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - It is made by the parent company of Ilford, Harmon Technology. This is notable due to the fact that makes this the most widely available B&W film of the three.

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - It is less difficult to get in Europe as the film is manufactured inside of the Czech Republic by Foma Bohemia.

A great 35mm film to choose for your first couple of attempts at analog photography or home developing. Additionally, a good selection if you're trying out a camera to ensure that it's totally operational.

Ultrafine eXtreme 400 - The cheapest store to buy this film is straight from Ultrafine.

If you process color 35mm film yourself, you could have done that with developer produced by them.

Professional

Ilford HP-5 Plus 400 and Kodak Tri-X 400 are the 2 best black & white 35mm films. While they both possess unique styles, they possess several capabilities that are comparable that help makes them a favorite.

Both film emulsions can be pushed 2 stops and deliver solid images. This makes the film versatile as a roll can be shot at ISO 400, 800, or 1600.

Box of Ilford HP5 Plus ISO 400 35mm Black & White Film

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 - Between the two film emulsions, HP5 Plus has lower levels of contrast and is cheaper. Minimal contrast can be advantageous because of the fact that contrast can be adjusted when making a darkroom print or through digital processing.

The film stock still appears good when pushed 2-stops. It is also known for having subdued grain.

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film emulsion has got a more distinctive rendering. To achieve the legendary grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it will need to be processed in Kodak D-76.

You'll undoubtedly notice more contrast with Kodak Tri-X 400. That's excellent if that is the look you would like because it means significantly less work when editing digitally or printmaking.

Transparency Film

Reversal film, also known as transparency or slide film, produces a positive picture. That means a projector or lightbox can be used to show the photos.

This is unique from the more often used negative film stocks that result in pictures that need inverting the colors for the image to be viewed.

Slide films have less dynamic range and latitude when compared with negative film and so they are thought to be harder to use.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - The film is known for fine grain and eye-catching skin tones. The colors won't look oversaturated. It is daylight-balanced.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - This is an amazingly sharp color balanced for daylight transparency film with lots of contrast and saturation, giving photographs a unique rendering. Out of all the reversal films that are available, it has the best resolving power.

An ISO 100 speed is also available for purchase.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Delivers realistic and vibrant colors with moderate color saturation and contrast. It's a daylight color balanced film with an ultra-fine grain.

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black and white slide film, claimed by Fomapan as having increased contrast, very good resolving power, and very fine grain. It's also billed as a substitute for the discontinued Agfa Scala Film Stock.

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

Pro film stock have increased dynamic range, latitude, and are easier to push, which is why they will cost more.

There is a disparity in businesses that sell it. Consumer film stocks can generally be obtained from pharmacies and big-box stores in small quantities. Professional film stocks often need to be ordered from an online retailer or camera store.

Film ISO

A film's sensitivity to light is listed as the ISO.

The less light available to properly expose an image, the bigger the film's ISO will be needed. In addition, be prepared for larger sized film grain.

It is often a challenge to handhold the EOS 630 with ISO 100 or slower speed films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc). They will probably be longer than what you can handhold without leading to motion blur unless you're working in full sun.

A tripod, a fast lens, and/or a flash can assist you with longer shutter speeds. The additional equipment may not be needed if you pick a faster ISO 800 or ISO 400 film.

The ISO is set electronically by the Canon EOS 630. This is a change from older cameras that have an ISO dial.

Film Latitude

Latitude is the range of stops a film can be overexposed while producing usable photographs. Pro film emulsions have a larger latitude paired with a somewhat increased cost.

Transparency film has a smaller amount of latitude than negative film. That is one of the reasons why it's considered difficult to use.

Dynamic Range

Dynamic range is the difference between the shadows and highlights details of a photo that can be recorded. Areas of a photograph that are not in this range will be seen as totally black underexposed shadows or solid white overexposed highlights.

A bigger dynamic range is preferable due to the fact that a larger range helps make shooting in a variety of lighting conditions easier.

  • Digital cameras 14+ stops
  • Negative film up to 13 stops
  • Slide film 6-8 stops

Reversal film is regarded as tough to use as a consequence of the constrained dynamic range. The golden hour is the best time to shoot transparency film.

Film Type

The Canon EOS 630 takes 35mm film that comes in metal canisters. The film can also be described as 135 film, and it is the most widely used type of film.

The only other film format you are likely to encounter to see is 120 or 220 film that is used with medium format cameras.

One of the excellent properties of film is that you can swap the film stock you work with and get a fresh look to your shots.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

All new 35mm film manufactured currently has DX encoding. This enables cameras to detect and set the ISO when the film canister is loaded.

The ISO on the Canon EOS 630 will automatically be set. That is due to the fact that the camera will electronically read the DX-coding on film canisters.

Canon EOS 630 Resources

Where to Get Film Developed?

You will find a handful of possible choices for where to process 35mm film. For a more extensive discussion of the choices, take a look at my article on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Big box stores and pharmacies do not process film locally. They mail film away to be developed by a third party. As a consequence, you won't receive your processed negatives back.

  1. Develop Film at Home
  2. Use a Local Photography Lab
  3. Use a Mail Order Photo Lab
  4. Pharmacy or Big Box Store

The least complicated option and the method I suggest using if you are just getting started using film is to send off your film to a lab to be developed and scanned. A disadvantage to this is that it will become really expensive if you are regularly using film.

Assuming that you're using a moderate to high-volume of film, there are two activities that you are capable of doing to cut back on your expenses.

Bulk Loading Film

Certainly one of the best methods to reduce costs on film is to buy a roll of 100 feet of film and manually load canisters by hand.

Once you're done, you will get around 18 canisters of 36 frames each. Depending on the film you will probably save 20%-30%.

Keep in mind that you are going to be limited to 100' rolls of black & white film. This is because black & white film is less difficult and more affordable to process yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

All film can be developed by hand. In fact, it's an intelligent option to save money so you can use more film with your Canon EOS 630.

Black & white film is significantly less complicated to develop yourself. Temperature and development times are not as critical to do correctly with black & white film as they are for transparency or color negative.

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